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“View from the top”
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Rundetaarn
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US$ 63.07*
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US$ 590.00*
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Classic Copenhagen Private Walking Tour
Ranked #10 of 368 things to do in Copenhagen
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Round Tower Lookout Tower – Observatory – Exhibitions – Concerts.One of the best-known and most popular structures in Denmark, the Round Tower has been a distinctive feature of the Copenhagen skyline since 1642. The Tower once soared far above the rest of the rooftops in the city, and University astronomers studied the stars and planets from the Observatory at the top. The scholars may have forsaken the building a long time ago, but during the winter visitors are still able to gaze at the cosmos from Europe's oldest functioning observatory. The platform that runs around the outside of the Observatory affords views over the old Latin Quarter – from here, you can spot most of the city's famous buildings. The Round Tower does not have an elevator, so visitors have to climb the winding, white-washed Spiral Walk, where kids often hide in the niches, only to jump out shouting “boo!” as adults approach. Halfway up the tower is the entrance to the large and stunningly beautiful Library Hall, which now serves as a popular gallery and concert venue. It hosts several exhibitions a year, and stages concerts almost every week. Above the Library is the Bell Loft, notable for its enormous wooden beams, which were used in the reconstruction of the Tower following the great fire of Copenhagen in 1728. The Loft is also home to a small exhibition of fascinating artefacts from the Tower's history, including Christian IV's wax seal, a tin of medicine produced by Tycho Brahe, and a piece of the bomb that exploded in the Library Hall during the bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807.The Round Tower was built by Christian IV between 1637 and 1642. It was the first part of the Trinitatis Complex, which combined church, library and observatory in a single building.
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“View from the top”
Reviewed 24 June 2012

Part of a church and once used for astronomy, this tower gives a great 360 degree view across all of Copenhagen

Visited June 2012
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“A curiosity for a dull day”
Reviewed 23 June 2012

Go there on a dull day where you are prepared to dish out some money to get a rooftop view of town along with other tourists (you can get it for free from the rooftop restaurant at Illum's), and if you feel you can't go back home and admit that you were in Copenhagen and didn't do it.

Visited May 2012
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“View point”
Reviewed 22 June 2012

Although the tower is not very tall you can have panorama views of the city and even see Sweden from its top.

Visited June 2012
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“42m higher”
Reviewed 20 June 2012

With an anachronistic bust of Tycho Brahe at the bottom, and allegedly the oldest observatory in Europe (17th C), plus an interesting spiral ramp (the Danes thought about disabled access centuries ago!) this is a geeky must do. The views from the top are good, even on a dull day. Fortunately there aren't many tall buildings in Copenhagen, so the only other buildings which get in the way are mostly church spires. When we were there one of the side galleries had an interactive art exhibition (and a shop), which added an extra dimension.

Visited June 2012
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“An easy option to see the Copenhagen skyline”
Reviewed 20 June 2012

Both my mother and a friend of mine have impaired mobility. This tower has some steps near the top, but the majority of the ascent is a sloped incline. It would be easier for people who have some mobility issues. We did not climb the other tower (the one which is currently #1 on TripAdvisor) as it would have been too difficult for people in our group.

It was a pleasant time. The cost was reasonable and the view was nice. I would not consider this a must see attraction, but it was an easy climb and the view was worthwhile. I don't think Copenhagen has the most beautiful skyline, but if you're intersted in seeing it - this is a good option.

Visited June 2012
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